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Posted December 2, 2013 EST

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Chickens Escape Manchester Fire
United States (Connecticut) - A half-dozen back yard chickens dodged a roasting Saturday when a fire broke out in their coop. The blaze at 329 Kennedy Road was reported about 6:30 p.m. A resident smelled smoke, went out onto a back yard deck and discovered the wooden coop near the house engulfed in flames, Fire Chief Robert Bycholski wrote in a news release. The woman and her teenage daughter evacuated the home.

All six chickens in the coop escaped. A resident opened a gate in the wire fence surrounding the coop, and the chickens "smarched themselves" to a nearby shed, Bycholski wrote. Firefighters had the blaze under control at 6:36 p.m. The coop was destroyed and there was fire damage to the home's aluminum siding and kitchen window. The house was found to be habitable, Bycholski wrote.

The coop had contained a heat lamp and a heater to keep the chickens' water from freezing. The fire marshal found that one of these electrical appliances likely overheated and sparked the blaze, Bycholski wrote.

Written by Hartford Courant

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